Strikes of inspiration

Along came January and brought lots of snow – at least here in Finland. The trees look as if they’ve been bombarded with cotton balls. I feel like I’m stuck in Christmas with “Dashing through the snow” and “Let it snow, let it snow…” ringing in my head. They should have more songs about snow in January!

Something that’s been on my mind lately is inspiration, the very nature of it. Don’t you just love feeling inspired? Work emails practically write themselves. And, when you’re reasoning with your child, you don’t have to pull out the old “because I said so”. You actually come up with such enticing new ways to say “clean your room” that your kid is just mesmerized!

Yet, inspiration is a tricky thing. It can hit us like lightning out of a blue sky! Oh what joy! But unfortunately there’s no way to store it up. No way to put it in a box for a rainy day. It comes and goes as it pleases. Every artist knows this sometimes only too well. But isn’t it comforting, though, that not everything works with the push of a button?

Now, everyone has their own way of dealing with inspiration running dry. The internet is full of advice on what to do when the words just don’t flow or you feel like you’ve just taken the same kind of picture the umpteenth time. I’ll share with you my top three. Number one: Do it anyways. Get your gear and take some more pictures of the sun rising in the morning (Yes, I’ve done that once or twice – you might have, too…). Try new angles. Go high or low. Just get into the swing and after a while you might notice that the rusty old machine is running beautifully again! Number two: Exercise. Get your body moving and some fresh oxygen into your brain. It will work wonders, I promise. Number three: Do something totally different. Read a book, plant a fig tree, go ice fishing… You know, your options are countless. Try something new! But keep away from tap dancing: we don’t want you to get hurt! (Just kidding!)

We all need a breather every once in a while. We need space for new ideas to enter. Maybe being short on inspiration is just your mind telling you it needs something else for breakfast. When you look at it that way, it’s not so intimidating now is it? 🙂